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Anatomo-pathological and forensic entomological exams for determining the burial time of swine carcasses in a criminal case

Appino, S., Costantini, G., Magni, P. and Gatto, S. (2005) Anatomo-pathological and forensic entomological exams for determining the burial time of swine carcasses in a criminal case. In: 23rd Meeting of the European Society of Veterinary Pathology (ESVP) 2005, 7 - 10 September 2005, Naples, Italy.

Abstract

Post mortem evaluation of a number of swine carcasses, using anatomo-pathological exam, was compared to entomological analysis to determine the burial time. In the selected area of denounced land a series of random holes were dug. Carcasses were found in different stages of decomposition, and entomological material was also found with and around the rotten parts: that fauna was composed of Diptera and Coleoptera. Where there was only bone tissues remaining there was an absence of entomological reports. In one case by use of entomological samples it was possible to identify a vertical burial stratification. Anatomo-pathological analyses in veterinary medicine can make use of entomological evaluation as a useful tool to investigate the illegal disposal of carcasses.

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URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/57942
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